Casa Juanita, a landmarked 1925 Spanish Mediterranean-style estate by society architect Marion Sims Wyeth, offers a true taste of the early grandeur and graciousness of Palm Beach’s resort lifestyle.
A showplace, it was built by yachtsman Sterling Postely of New York City and Oyster Bay, and his wife Jeanne, for whom their home was named.
The 8,000-square-foot estate includes spacious living and dining rooms, five fireplaces, eight bedrooms, six full and three half baths.
Textures and detailing of this home have endured beautifully. On the exterior, it boasts a cast-stone Romanesque portal and brightly colored tiled entrance passage. An interior arched doorway with a wrought-iron gate leads to a wide loggia that opens to the private courtyard, covered terrace, bubbling fountain, gardens and pool.
Architectural features in the living room include an intricately detailed ceiling of Moorish pattern, massive stone mantel and French doors that offer views of the gardens. Just next to the living room, through a handsomely carved door, is an intimate library with a beamed ceiling.
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At the south end of the loggia is the dining room, which features mahogany shutters at the windows, a Cuban tile floor and a carved-stone fireplace.
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An enclosed circular staircase leads up to the wide second floor loggia that overlooks the courtyard and provides access to the master suite, guest rooms and staff rooms.